The past couple of weeks has been full, and the next week is shaping up to be as interesting and exciting as we head towards our annual general meeting on 7 November. Where to start?
- I met with the executive director of Alpha Canada. Alpha Canada wishes to support the communication of the gospel throughout the military community by working with the MCF, Canadian Forces chaplains and with local churches who themselves are seeking to minister to the members of this unique group.
- I met with Jason Tremblay from Trenton Baptist Church who will be planting a French-speaking church in Trenton focused on ministering to the French-speaking military community in the Trenton area. The planned start date for the new church plant is September 2016.
- I was given the opportunity to present our mission to 500 delegates at the “Church Planting Canada” Congress held in Montreal and I have been invited to join their Church Planting Catalyst Team.
- I met with Luel Declarador a church planter from Mississauga, a former officer of the Philippine Navy. Luel, wants to reach the military community members in the Mississauga area and he is seeking the MCF’s assistance.
- Power-to-Change Canada is offering to partner with the MCF to help develop an online mentorship ministry to the military community.
- On Sunday, 1 November, Trailhead Baptist Church opens its doors at Valour School in Petawawa and will minister to the military community in Petawawa. I will be taking several MCF members to Petawawa for the first service to show our support. If you are in the Petawawa area on Sunday, please join us.
- In addition to preparing for the AGM we will be hosting Col Phil Exner, Executive Director of ACCTS; and Nestor Ogilvie, the Vice President of the AMCF.
I was reminded recently of Ephesians 3:20-21
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
There has been a recent spike in interest in the MCF and its mission, which I am certain is the direct result of your prayers on behalf of the military community; and I am hope-filled the interest will intensify. You and I know that Jesus cares for the military community members more than any of us. Each member has been created in the image of God. Jesus offered his life in sacrifice for them and was then raised to life eternal so that they too could live forever with Christ. Those who join the mission of bringing the gospel to the military community are Christ’s servants, appointed and anointed, and we get to participate in the greatest rescue operation imaginable.
Please pray for the military community, please pray for the Canadian Forces chaplains, please pray for the MCF, and please encourage your church to join the mission.